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Logical Link Control

IBM bids open

The final bids for IBM's global communications network will begin today, with bidders, including AT&T and GTE, expected to bid between US$4-5 billion.

Tuesday, 8 December, 1998, 12:00am

A bewildering diagnosis for speed freaks

The question of speeding up Internet access will be with us for a long time. It may, in fact, never disappear until we are all on fibre-optic cable connections and even then, someone will think of some use that will require even more speed.

For now, however, most of us have connections that we wish were considerably faster.

25 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

56K the way to go in modems

Modems of 56 kbps take advantage of the fact that many telephone networks already have been partly upgraded to digital telephone switches, and that the connection between the phone company and your Internet service provider (ISP) usually flows through a digital line.

24 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Telecom beefs up link with mainland

Hongkong Telecom's NetPlus has upgraded its Internet backbone to help speed up the exchange of data between Hong Kong and the mainland.

Its 512 kilobits-per-second (kbps) direct link to Guangzhou and another 128-kbps link to Shanghai were recently unveiled following the inauguration of a 512-kbps circuit to Beijing in April.

8 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Sharing a broom closet with a million gizmos

At 2 am a few weeks ago, I was sitting in my office with a phone line wrapped around my neck, up to my elbows in various power cables and connections cords, trying my best not to slam my fists on the desk in frustration.

15 May 1997 - 12:00am

Using satellites to speed up modems

For those of us who use the Internet fairly frequently, there is nothing quite so frustrating as the delays we have come to tolerate in download time.

There are many places where the speed of the Internet can run into a bottleneck. The most prevalent is probably right at home.

13 May 1997 - 12:00am

IBM, Panasonic develop the cordless PC modem

IBM Research and Japan's Panasonic are working on a computer modem that will enable cordless connection to a phone jack for PC users.

The joint project is regarded as a marriage of pure scientific research to the needs of the marketplace.

'It operates on the same principle as cordless phones,' said Charles Palmer, of IBM.

13 May 1997 - 12:00am

Facing the challenges of mobile computing

Most business travellers would agree that staying light and in touch are the two main advantages of mobile computing. However, these advantages are also the greatest challenges notebook users face.

6 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Hard-to-find Pilot PDA comes highly praised

My wife showed me a clipping from a Chinese newspaper last week about a new personal digital assistant called the Pilot. She said the writer recommended the device highly, but didn't go into any great detail about what was so good about it. Have you come across this PDA and is it any good? JOHN POTTER Discovery Bay Is it any good?

30 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Hanging on the phone in Soho

Working in a Soho (small office/home office) environment may be lonely, but it does have its advantages. For a start, with no one else around to cause distractions, you tend to get more work done.

28 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Modems falter at national frontiers

I use an IBM 755CD Thinkpad with an internal 28.8K MWave Modem and Delrina WinFax Pro 4. I recently travelled to Australia and when I attempted to use both the modem for email and the Winfax, I received the message 'NO CARRIER'.

I asked a friend in Australia with the same set-up bought in Hong Kong and he informed me that IBM internal modems will not work in Australia.

18 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Fax modem

US Robotics subsidiary Megahertz Corp has announced a cellular-capable 28.8 Kbps PCMCIA Ethernet-Modem combination card and a cellular-capable 28.8Kbps PCMCIA fax-modem.

Both cards support ETC and MNP-10EC error correction protocols and can connect to Motorola and Nokia cellular telephones.

10 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Atlas makes mapping easy

CAN you recommend a good, but user-friendly, map programme? I have Map N' Facts, a DOS-based program, but it has limitations.

13 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Slow coaches not welcome 'a-baud'

MY computer is one of the first laptops ever made with a built-in modem. However, this operates at 300 baud and cannot be upgraded for speed. Are there any systems that will take this slow speed as it is rejected by those that start at 1,200 baud.

29 Nov 1994 - 12:00am

Megahertz quick to put out faster fax/modem

MEGAHERTZ Corp of the United States will be become one of the first fax/modem makers in the world to come out with a 28.8-kilobits-per-second PCMCIA product when it releases it this month.

The fax/modem will be a first in that it will follow the newly formed V.34 standard of data compression.

13 Sep 1994 - 12:00am